Reno, NV Train Derailment, May 1902


Reno, Nev, May 21.-The east-bound flyer on the Southern Pacific jumped the frog at Chestnut street crossing in this city. The engine and the baggage and mail cars were derailed. The engine ploughed into the ground, the drivers being covered, and is badly wrecked. Fireman Walker jumped as the engine careened over, badly spraining his ankle and wrist. Mrs. J. G. Putnum, a passenger, was injured about the head and back.

Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise City, ID 22 May 1902



A Smash Up Last Evening at the Chestnut Street Crossing.

Last evening, at 7:15 as the east bound flyer was pulling into this station from the west, engine No. 2243, pulling the train, jumped the track at the Chestnut street crossing, plowed into the dirt on the north side of the track clear up to her boiler. The ties were cut off slick and clean and the ground torn up in great shape by the monster. Then tender followed and jammed itself into the cab, followed by the baggage, express, mail and composite cars. Then engine was in charge of C. C. Brown with Andy Walker fireman. When the engine began to crean over Fireman Walker jumped, striking on a rail and badly spraining his ankle, and right wrist.
The engineer also left the cab when she began to tip, but escaped without injury. The passengers were badly shaken up by the sudden stopping of the train, but none were injured unless it be a Mrs. J. G. Painter, whose head hid the side of a birth in the third Pullman. Her eye was blackened and her back somewhat injured.

The engines and tender were badly wrecked, but the derailed cars were not injured at all. A wrecking car and crew soon arrived from Wadsworth, a track laid around the derailed engine and at midnight the train was released and allowed to continue its journey toward the rising sun.

Just what caused the accident is not known but it is supposed to have been a low frog in the switch.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 22 May 1902